The Ohio Department of Taxation recently provided Ohio Farm Bureau and other members of its Agricultural Advisory Committee a preliminary Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) calculation for 2017. The preliminary calculation indicates that those counties on the 2017 reappraisal/update cycle will likely see a decrease in CAUV values from their 2014 CAUV values. Forty-one counties are set to be reappraised or updated in 2017, and as a result, will receive new CAUV values and tax bills in January 2018.

“The extent of any decrease in value cannot be confirmed until the calculation is finalized in June, but we can safely say it will not come close to alleviating the increases farmers have seen since 2008 and why we continue to work for further reform,” said Leah Curtis, OFBF’s policy counsel.

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The projected decreases in value are a product of the changes secured by OFBF to the CAUV calculation. Those changes updated the lending assumptions in the formula and made sure the most timely data available is being used to value farmland.

Keep in mind that a landowner’s tax bill is the combination of his or her CAUV value and locally determined tax rates, said Curtis. Changes in local millage also affect changes in the tax bill, so the amount of reduction in taxes will depend on the individual’s taxing district.  While values might decrease, the effect on a landowner’s taxes could be minimal depending on their individual situation, she added.

Ohio Farm Bureau has led the way with concrete reforms to the CAUV program, which taxes farmland for its agricultural value rather than its fair market value.

Some of OFBF’s suggested reforms have been adopted, resulting in an additional average savings of $10 per acre in counties reappraised since 2015.

“Further CAUV reform continues to be a top priority of OFBF, but we are glad to see the changes we have already secured are continuing to make an impact on values,” Curtis said.

Ohio Farm Bureau wants to ensure members are kept as up to date as possible on this issue. If a member’s email address is on file, he or she will receive any action alerts on this issue. To provide your email address or verify what email address is on file, click on Your Account in the upper right corner of ofbf.org.

Photo: Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, met with OFBF President Frank Burkett, left, Executive Vice President Adam Sharp, right, and the OFBF board of trustees in April and had a positive conversation on how to move CAUV legislation forward.

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